The Chinese company revealed that the Mi Bluetooth Game Controller will be available at just CNY 99 (Rs. 980 approximately) in China through online channels without revealing any availability details.
The Xiaomi game controller sports a D-pad, analogue sticks, Y, X, A, and B buttons, as well as two shoulder buttons on either side. It also has a back button, menu button, and a home button with Mi branding. It is powered by 2xAA batteries.
The Mi Bluetooth Game Controller supports Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is compatible with Mi TV, Mi Box, Mi phones, and tablets. The company claims that the controller can last up to 80 hours of game play and packs 3 axis accelerometer. It measures 156x104x65mm; weighs 220 grams, and will be available in Black colour. The Bluetooth-enabled gaming controller has a working radius of 10 metres.
Xiaomi's move to launch a gaming console appears to be plausible, considering that Chinese government last year lifted a ban from 2000 on gaming consoles. Last year, Microsoft taking advantage of the lifted 14-year ban, launched its Xbox One game console in China. Sony is yet to follow, but has announced its intentions. It earlier this month delayed the January 11 launch of the PS4 console in China, without providing a reason and saying it would announced the new launch date in a separate notice.
To recall, Xiaomi kicked off 2015 with the quiet launch of the Redmi 2 and this was soon followed by the Chinese company's first major event that saw the launch of the new flagship phablet, the Mi Note, and the "even-better" Mi Note Pro alongside the Mi Headphones and Mi Box Mini.